Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Privateers Come to Oxford

Just a reminder that the basketball game tomorrow night against New Orleans will be at 6:00, different from the normal start time of 7:00. The game is also going to be on tv, so those of you that have access to CSS can watch the Rebels play for the first time on cable tv. Unfortunately I do not have CSS with my cable and will be searching for a place in Birmingham to watch the game.

The Rebels should win this game, but you never know with a young, new team like Ole Miss. They have trailed in most of the games they have played this year, but have turned it around in the second half. The Rebels have had a much needed rest after the planes, trains, and automobiles tour to UCONN and then two games over Thanksgiving break.

Do not expect to see Dwayne Curtis in this game. Even though he has been cleared to play, I expect they will keep him out of the playing action. Also do not look for Shay Hodge or Gregg Hardy. Kennedy has announced that while both of these guys will be practicing, they will not play for the rest of the semester to focus on academics. Notice I said the rest of the semester, so this does clear them to play the day after finals against Memphis next week, if Kennedy chooses, however I doubt we will see them that early.

Here is some scouting notes from the SID on UNO:

After two years as a Texas A&M assistant, Buzz Williams is in his first season at the UNO helm. He returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year's 10-19 squad that tied for fourth in the Sun Belt conference. Junior guard Bo McCalebb is back as one of the top scorers in the Sun Belt. He suffered a broken wrist last year (Nov. 30) at Mississippi State and received a medical redshirt. He averaged 19.0 points per game during that first month of 2005-06 and is dropping in 24.4 in this season's early goings. Returning guards James Parlow and Jamie McNeilly and JUCO transfer Shaun Reynolds are each adding 10 points per contest.